Journal Entry ~ 01/22/18

26 And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.27 And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my rules. - Ezekiel 36:26-27

Our hearts have a difficult time measuring exactly how sinful we truly are. We live by comparisons and rationalizations. Our tendency is to look to others’ sin and to think we’re not as bad, or to rationalize away our sin because we know we’re forgiven. We take our sin too lightly - we don’t understand the severity or the gravity of our sin. We dismiss it. Our prayer time is often more focused on what we would like God to take care of in our lives than on the depth of our sins. We may even confess our sins when we see them, but we are rarely drawn to a place of deep repentance. If I’m being honest, I have a tendency to move through my confessions quickly. It’s uncomfortable to look at how I sin - I don’t want to spend any more time on it than I have to. My desire is to confess it and move on in my prayer. 

Our hearts are so deceitful. We don’t recognize the depth of our sin - this is why God needs to give us a new heart and a new spirit. It’s been part of His plan all along.  By His Grace, we have not been left on our own with our deceitful hearts. God has controlled the events of the world so that His plan included the rescue and restoration of His people. He sent His Son into the world to suffer because of sin.  He lived a perfect life and died a perfect death all so sin could be defeated and His Spirit could enter us and make us new. His plan included rescue because we cannot see our fully see our deceitful hearts as they are; and restoration because our old hearts lack the capability to transform us into what He created us to be. 

Press on ~ you are loved 💗


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